Mark Elliott

My Digital Homestead

Hi!

I live in Melbourne, Australia, with four crazy boys and one lovely and talented partner.

I spend much of my time running Collabforge, a firm specialising in collaboration design and innovation for government and the public sector. I launched Collabforge in 2007 after finishing a PhD that investigated mass collaborations like Wikipedia, to try to uncover their core design principles and collaboration practices.

Prior to my life as a collaboration designer and entrepreneur, I was a composer, performing musician and artist. You can find a small sampling of my music and sounds here.

Below you will find a blog I have been keeping up for the last ten years or so. It’s mostly a focused on my general ponderings, family life, collaboration and music.

Enjoy, and if you’d like to connect, you can find me on LinkedIn and Twitter, or you can send me a message through this site.

Time Capsule

Time Capsule

It often seems to me that the times in my life when I should be really taking time to reflect, appreciate and capture memories, is when I do the least. As a result, there are big gaps in this chronicle. So here’s a little less space between

Headspace

Headspace

It’s hard to believe we’ll have a fourth child in less than two weeks. Having been so busy with Cedar, Lucas, Jasper and Collabforge (work), I fear Keri and #4 haven’t had the focus they deserve. I’m hoping for some headspace over the few weeks I’m planning

What’s in a picture?

What’s in a picture?

As my youngest son (19 months old) adopts the iPad with voracity, he is being introduced to a world of images - both of the world around him, and of himself. I can't help but wonder what the impact of this is - surely there is one,

In A Week

In A Week

At 9 months old, this week Jasper learned to crawl and wave at me while saying 'da da' (though he could already say that). In general, his awareness and interaction with the world seemed to leap ahead a notch - he's suddenly showing you objects an...